As the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.
The JRCs research on floods focuses on improving preparedness and support during a flood crisis. The European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) forecasts the potential for floods in Europe up to ten days in advance and communicates this information to EU member states. It is based on a hydrological modelling system which is coupled with meteorological forecasts. The system is further integrated into a wider modelling framework in order to simulate the impact of climate and land-use change on hydrological extremes.